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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Jan 2, 2009 6:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My Dead DVD Labels...I'm so proud of myself

Very nice!! Mind if I ask what software you used?
Can you use it to make cd/dvd covers as well?

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Poster: smgarcia Date: Jan 2, 2009 9:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My Dead DVD Labels...I'm so proud of myself

Hi. First I burn the DVD's with iTunes but you can use any program you are comfortable with. Since I manage everything with iTunes, it is easy to make a playlist and then burn. Additionally it exports all of the metadata (ratings, comments, groups, etc.) that I fill out for all of my concerts.

I then purchased Memorex CD Label Refills (http://www.tapeandmedia.com/detail.asp?product_id=MEM32020412). On the package there is a link to download software that allows you to make DVD labels specifically for these labels. It's called exPressIt Design Studio.

It is kind of a clumsy program in my opinion, but it is quite powerful and has many advanced features. Such as changing the color/brightness/contrast of images, emboss/sepia/solarize etc them too. I was able to change many of the GD Steal Your Face backgrounds to make the text more legible. It probably took me 3-5 hours playing around with the software to make things work for the labels. But now that I have one done, I use it as a template for others, so it only takes me about 5-10 minutes to do subsequent labels. I'll be burning about 24 DVD's so it's a big time saver.

I also scoured the web for GD images, and the best one I found is at http://www.purplemoon.com/Stickers/SYF.html. This is a brilliant website! There are many more images on other pages from the website too...don't limit yourself to the link I provided you.

Next, it would be nice if you had a color printer. :-)

Lastly I bought a pack of 50 DVD's (CD+R) for about $25. I also use that case to perfectly align the stickers on the DVD's. (that is a must...it looks professional.)

Now. For CD/DVD covers. Do you mean making the paper inserts for CD jewel cases? If that is what you mean the program does allow you to make it. It does not allow you to make a CD booklet though. I made a Just For Kids GD cd for my cousins and I made a 14 page CD booklet (it's fuckin' SWEET) and I did that on Microsoft Office Publisher, it was pretty easy to use.

Hope that helps...I'm off to making more DVD labels.